May 18, 2018

Ebola Virus Disease Key Facts: Transmission, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment and Effective Control

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The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. Ebola virus disease (EVD), (formerly, Ebola haemorrhagic fever), first appeared in 1976 in 2 simultaneous outbreaks, one in what is now, Nzara, South Sudan, and the other in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter occurred in a village near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

May 16, 2018

Suicide Key Facts - At Risk Population, Ways to Prevent and Control the Act, and Challenges

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Every year close to 800 000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds globally in 2015.

May 15, 2018

Depression - Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Other Key facts

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Depression is a common mental disorder, characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy, accompanied by an inability to carry out daily activities, for at least two weeks.

Grilled Meats, Fish Linked to Hypertension

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A new study indicates that high consumption of meat, poultry, or fish grilled, broiled, or cooked at a high temperature is associated with an increased risk for hypertension, independent of the overall amount consumed, and the risk is also increased with higher intake of well-done meat.

April 28, 2018

Schizophrenia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment and Other Kay Facts

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Schizophrenia is a severe long-term mental health condition. It causes a range of different psychological symptoms. It is often described as a type of psychosis which means the person may not always be able to distinguish their own thoughts and ideas from reality. There are effective treatments for schizophrenia and people affected by it can lead a productive life and be integrated in society.

Dementia - Symptoms, Common Causes, Treatment and Other Key Facts

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Dementia is a syndrome – usually of a chronic or progressive nature – in which there is deterioration in cognitive function (i.e. the ability to process thought) beyond what might be expected from normal ageing. It affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, and judgement. Consciousness is not affected. The impairment in cognitive function is commonly accompanied, and occasionally preceded, by deterioration in emotional control, social behaviour, or motivation.

April 27, 2018

Mental Health Promotion: Strengthening Our Response

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Mental health is an integral and essential component of health. The WHO constitution states: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." An important implication of this definition is that mental health is more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities.

April 20, 2018

Maintaining Mental Health in Emergencies: Facts You Should Know

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During and after emergencies, it is natural to experience different and strong emotions, but people are more likely to suffer from a range of mental health problems.

April 18, 2018

What You Need to Know About Mental Health of Older Adults

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Older adults, those aged 60 or above, make important contributions to society as family members, volunteers and as active participants in the workforce. While most have good mental health, many older adults are at risk of developing mental disorders, neurological disorders or substance use problems as well as other health conditions such as diabetes, hearing loss, and osteoarthritis. Furthermore, as people age, they are more likely to experience several conditions at the same time.

April 17, 2018

Mental Disorders: Facts on Depression, Dementia, Schizophrenia, Bipolar and Developmental Disorders

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A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode.

April 15, 2018

Top Countries to Migrate and Settle Down in if You Want to Live Longer

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So, you want to live to a ripe old age and wonder where’s the best place to settle down to achieve this. According to the results of the latest World Health Statistics report released by the World Health Organization, you had better immigrate to a developed country with a good standard of living that invests heavily in public health services.

April 13, 2018

Electromagnetic Fields and Public Health: Mobile Phones and Health

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Mobile or cellular phones are now an integral part of modern telecommunications. In many countries, over half the population use mobile phones and the market is growing rapidly. In 2014, there was an estimated 6.9 billion subscriptions globally. In some parts of the world, mobile phones are the most reliable or the only phones available.